Three jailed for gang rival murder in New Cross

Nathan Allen Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Nathan Allen died after being shot in New Cross in May 2010

Three men have been jailed for murdering a member of a rival gang in south-east London.

Curtis Quashie, 22, of no fixed address, Jamal Green, 20, from Catford, and Bosun Sode, 21, from New Cross, were found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murder of Nathan Allen.

Mr Allen, 21, died after being shot in the chest in Ludwick Mews, in New Cross, on 3 May 2010.

Quashie was jailed for 24 years, while Green and Sode both received 17 years.

Police said the victim was killed as a result of an on-going feud between the Shower gang, to which he was linked, and the rival Anti Shower gang.

'Mindless violence'

On 20 May the three men were also found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Investigating officer Det Insp Matt Gosling said: "Four years ago these defendants took the decision to arm themselves with a handgun and cycle onto the Milton Court Estate in Deptford in search of rival gang members.

"Nathan's murder is another sad example of how petty gang rivalries and mindless violence can lead to tragic consequences."

On the evening of 3 May 2010, 21-year-old Mr Allen was with friends in Desmond Street, on the Milton Court estate, in New Cross, south-east London, when a group of men rode bikes on to the estate, police said.

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Image caption Curtis Quashie, Jamal Green and Bosun Sode were convicted of murder on 20 May

One of the men gestured that he was carrying a gun which led Mr Allen and his friends to run off in different directions.

The group was chased through the estate's streets and alleyways, and Mr Allen was caught in the area of Ludwick Mews and shot at several times, officers said.

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